Xbox 360 System with Wired Controller (GameStop Refurbished)
RRoD after 4 months.
I am 26 years old and bought my first Xbox 4 months ago. I chose to go Refurbished for cost reasons. Reading on here that most Refurbished Xbox 360 units are made with new chip sets that help counter the RRod. I never move my Xbox all ports are open to flow air freely, and still I get the all powerful RRod. I am highly disappointed. I expected with the meticulous care I provide for this machine it would have lasted longer than 4 months. All Microsoft gives is a free 1 month gold subscription. Well I have 16 days left on my current subscription they better replenish what i payed for. All of the games I have played have pleased me or exceeded my expectations. Xbox live I have no problems with. Everything else about this system is absolutely worth it. I am just deeply disturbed by the amount of RRod cases I have heard about and now have experienced. Do not be so sure that Microsoft has fixed its problems yet.
Do Not Buy One Refurbished
Almost 3 months ago my girlfriend bought me a refurbished Xbox 360 for my birthday. I was only to happy even though i noticed that a very big round sticker on the box said "10 DAY WARRANTY" (Not 30 Day). Although I didn't let that get me down because I figured why would they sell it if it didn't work anyways. It played great for about the 7 days left it had on warranty freezing only once on me. The day after warranty was up it began breaking down bad, go figure. All my games freezing or slowing down. Both of my controllers wouldn't connect a couple times and there's a very loud grinding sound sometimes when the game is loading something. Even the 4th part of the Red Ring came on 2 times flashing and code E79 appeared on the screen right after both of those times. I thought it was weird that the code referred to the Hard Drive when my girlfriend didn't buy me one with a hard drive. Well now we have to go and buy a whole brand new one to ensure better warranty and spend more money. I don't recommend buying a used one. As a matter of fact we might just go to the next console in line instead.
I bought a refurbished XBOX 360 as a back-up for my original launch console. The refurb was just as good as the old one, but I noticed that the console was freezing up a lot while I was using it causing me to restart. The sticker on the back stated that it was refurbished by Gamestop and not to remove. I went to the MS Website and registered it. Since the original owner had not registered the product, I was able to do so. Microsoft honored the warranty and fixed this XBOX 360 free of charge since it was under warranty. Gamestop's warranty on refurb consoles is 30 days. Before you take it out of the box make sure you register the system. If it says you cannot, take the console back and get another. This will alleviate any fears about it not being covered under the warranty. Microsoft honors Gamestop and EBGames refurbished consoles because they are authorized resellers of the XBOX 360 consoles. I am pleased to say that I have had no issues with my console since sending it in after purchase. However if there is an issue, make sure you test out the product before the 30 days to save your console a 2 week trip. I cannot stress this enough. However, as someone who has been through this, I can say the MS honored the warranty on the Refurbished console after the 30 days that Gamestop's warranty covered. The system plays great, I have had no issues and it's solid.
Sure it's used/refurbished, but that's why there is a return policy. If you get one that doesn't work, or breaks, just take it back. These things are mass produced in China. New systems break too. Buy used and save your money.
Keep in mind, THIS IS NOT MICROSOFT REFURBISHED.
In short: I would buy this if it came with a 1 year warranty from gamestop.
First, let me start off by saying I am not a PS3 fanboy. I am not bringing in any sort of bias into this review. I decided to go ahead and buy this (refurbished 360) from my local gamestop and the guys over there said it came with a 1 year warranty so I was content. What was confusing though is that on the box it said 30-day guarantee but I just ignored that. Nevertheless, it crapped out on me before 30 days. After like a week of playing, it acquired an E74 error code (1 red light) and I couldn't play on it anymore. So I brought it back to gamestop and they didn't have any other one to trade it out with so I just got a refund no problem. With regards to the warranty, I do not know how long the warranty will be if you order it online. Keep in mind though, this is a GAMESTOP refurbished console. It is not refurbished by Microsoft. I see reviewers claiming Microsoft giving them a 1 year warranty after they registered it... this is FALSE. Unless the console has a recent manufacture date it will most likely be expired or have been already registered. I still tried to dispute my expired warranty and I faxed Microsoft a copy of my receipt showing a recent purchase date and they denied my dispute saying it was a used console and therefore it will not be covered. So the only coverage you will get is a warranty from Gamestop. I hope I've helped answer some questions potential buyers might be having!
The Hardest But Best Choice
So where do i start? This console is AMAZING! Not many words will describe it for me. Me and these puppies been through a lot.
So ok, back in 2007 about a week before COD4 launch i had to make a very tight decision. Either i get the 360 or the PS3. I had money for both. I believe at the time PS3 was $499 and 360 was $399 (The best bundles) So in all concerns of money, and my awesome past experience with Microsoft, Sony gave no trouble itself, i decided 360. And oh my, was that the best technological decision i EVER made. Still to this very day i get goosebumps watching the console intro.
Later on down the line i realized i made an even better decision than i thought. Games on 360 played much smoother than my PS3, matchmaking was far more better connection wise than PS3, Games were so much cheaper and more easier to obtain than PS3 (mainly because ps3 uses bluray for it's games), the user interface is so much more lively and user friendly than the ps3, Accessories were much cheaper and easier to obtain BUT still held quality in its product, The exclusives are just amazing. All the exclusives amazing me. To name a few, Gears Of War, Fable, Alan Wake, Halo, And so forth. Microsoft really dose know who to call when they wanna deliver an amazing, cinematic experience.
Now my last reason is very simple, i wanted to buy the console that me and my little brother could really play together and have lots of fun. I wanted us to be able to sit down and play for HOURS on end. And honestly that exactly how it went. Me and him can sit there and play zombies until we get to round 45, we can play gears horde until all waves are completed, we can do halo reach infection together and just have a good time.
So to sum this all up, its not all about how amazing the console looks, how much you can put in it for the cheaper price, it's all about how your gonna enjoy it. And what your personal preferences are. I made the perfect choice and all 3 of my xbox 360's have never RROD'd on me or E74 on me etc... My launch pro console still runs, my 2007 arcade console is still running and my 2009 MW2 super elite is still running. Never had issues. Xbox is the way to go to have a REAL good time.
Well, you could go this route.
If are on a budget, and your Xbox goes out and its out of warranty, getting one of these refurbished models is definitely an option you have. However, I would recommend that you register your product online with Microsoft, and have them repair your old model. It seems to me that is the cheapest option, Microsoft repairs out-of-warranty models for about $100. I will be honest I am not sure if that also covers shipping and handling, so find that out first. If they cover it entirely, or if you only have to pay for shipping to the manufacturer, I sincerely recommend taking that path. Because even if you have to pay to ship it to them, I am pretty sure it would still be cheaper to have Microsoft repair the console for you. If you have to pick up the shipping tab entirely, then by all means purchase a Game Stop refurbished console. If you do SAVE YOUR RECEIPT!!! You have 30 days, i believe, to take your refurbished console back to a Game Stop store if it is non-functional. So here is the bottom line, if you aren't made of money, and your Xbox console breaks. Investigate all of your options before you go out and buy one of these refurbished models.
RECOMMEND BUYING XBOX 360 INTERCOOLER STS
I recommend buying this product but alot of persons are worried about RROD .For those persons who are worried u should buy
Xbox 360 Intercooler STS .It will keep your safe from RROD and it only cost $20 plus tax.
Good Product... For a While...
I got this product about two weeks ago. Everything was fine, had some problems connecting to live, controller was heavily used. But after a few days I got everything working. However, about 9 days in to me buying this, I was playing reach with a friend and it RRoD'ed on me. I waited about 30 seconds, powered it up, and everything was fine. (Other than the lost credits in reach. :P) I called game stop, reported my problem, and asked if I could trade it in for a different used system. They said yes, afterwards I was looking on the website, and saw the new non-used slim. I called GS, and asked if I could trade in my used Xbox 360, pay $70 and get a new slim. Again, they said yes, and the new one is worth every penny. Microsoft warranty, wireless controller, sleek look, Wi-Fi enabled, GREAT! JUST SAVE FOR A NEW ONE!
Trashy used console.
When I believed that my original Xbox 360 became broken due to not getting a video signal anymore, I panicked and bought a refurbished unit from Gamestop immediately. What I got was a piece of trash right out of the box. The disc tray would not open, and the front faceplate was obviously third party. I thought I was going to break the power button when I turned it on. The console itself was functional despite the stuck disc tray door. You can easily get a stuck tray to open with a little creativity, but when you buy something used or not, it should work out of the box. The wired controller that you get with the bundle is a cheap Gamestop brand controller. It feels light and cheap. The buttons are in strange places, and just feels awkward. After a bit of trial and error, I found out that my original console was fine and I just needed to mess around with my TV because one of my HDMI ports was going bad. All in all, avoid this deal. It's a gamble. My girlfriend got a good refurbished unit that works fine, but the one I got was a disaster.